My studies of raw nutrition and natural health coincided with the advance of the internet. The internet has enabled me to be in touch with my mother, via Skype, two or three times a day for many years. I rate Skype highly because the quality of the sound and video is so good that it’s almost like being with her, making the quality of communication wonderful. I live in London while my mother lives in Argentina.

My mother was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2001; she went through the standard cancer treatments for a few years, but her health was soon deteriorating.

As I studied natural health and nutrition, and implemented changes to my diet, my mother also began to introduce the same changes to her diet, though at a slower pace than me.

Since 2005, my mother has been eating a diet of low fat raw fruit and vegetables with small quantities of nuts and seeds. She increased the consumption of raw food gradually, and 70 % of my mother’s diet is now raw. She still eats some cooked foods like lightly steamed vegetables, rice noodles, soy; and simple, low fat recipes. My mother does not consume any animal products.

The chances of surviving leukaemia and going on to live for five years for a woman of 65 years of age are 33%, which means that by 2006, my mother’s cancer would have recurred. In 2012 my mother’s doctors told her that she no longer needed 6 monthly blood tests as she was now cancer free.

Dr Otto Warburg discovered the root cause of cancer in 1923 and he received the Nobel Prize for doing so in 1931. He proved that the underlying cause of cancer is low cellular oxygenation levels, brought about by toxaemia. When we eat most cooked foods we reduce the availability of oxygen delivered to our cells and increase toxaemia.

My mother Ana in Covent Garden, London, England 2011, aged 75

My mother Ana in Covent Garden, London, England 2011, aged 75

My mother is now 80 years of age, still cancer free and takes no medicines whatsoever; “Not even a single aspirin” she says! She has no health problems, including high blood pressure, which is a common condition amongst women post menopause. She now lives a life full of energy and so far free of illness.

I cannot understate that my mother is a very open minded person. She has followed my teaching for 7 years, and not only knows what to eat and what not to eat, but she has also mastered the concept of food combining, fasting and other elements of health, such as adequate rest and relaxation, exposure to sunlight and exercise etc.

Since switching to her raw food diet my mother has visited over 25 countries around the world, including China, Russia, the USA, much of Europe, Turkey, Egypt, Dubai and Hong Kong. She has also travelled around Argentina, which is something I have not yet done. The rest of the Americas? Brazil, Uruguay, Colombia, Venezuela, Mexico? You name it, she’s been there!

She is enjoying herself immensely with a precious health and vitality much envied, admired and commented on by her friends, and everyone that meets her. It is important to point out that she still eats mostly raw on her adventures, and without experiencing the slightest difficulty in doing so.

If you ask my mother why she eats the way she does, she will tell you it’s because she feels great! This is the same answer I give when asked the same question. Yes, the benefits of eating the correct raw food diet are enormous, including being free of almost every disease, but ultimately how amazing you feel on this diet is what makes you carry on.

Life is to enjoy! And you will enjoy a life eating raw foods much more than a life of eating SAD (Standard American Diet).

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Ariel Belloso

Ariel Belloso is an author and blogger who transformed his health using the power of raw food. The former DJ and music producer’s life changed in 2001 when his mother was diagnosed with leukaemia. Already a keen student of nutrition, Ariel calculated that eating the correct raw diet could help his mother overcome her cancer. This became his motivation to learn more about natural health and the raw food lifestyle. Following her son's advice, not only did Ariel’s mother beat her cancer, she recently celebrated her 81st birthday! Using the knowledge gained from his years of ongoing study into natural health, Ariel has also managed to overcome some serious issues himself, as well as helping many others to regain their health and improve their quality of life. Ariel has written 4 books on the subject of natural health, nutrition and fitness.

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